September 2021
News and Updates
Thank you all for subscribing to the Center for Reducing Health Disparities e-mail list. We are committed to sharing timely, relevant information on a monthly basis. Each month we will send out highlights, upcoming events, and other items of interest. Please read below for what the month has in store!
Achieving Health Equity Through Community-Based Approaches

Over the past five years, the Center for Reducing Health Disparities (CRHD) team collaborated with Solano County Behavioral Health Division (SCBH) to implement the Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Cultural Transformation Model (ICCTM), a project that focused on increasing access and utilization of mental health services for Filipino Americans, Latinos, and LGBTQ+ communities. 

CRHD is excited to share with all of you the FINAL community-friendly evaluation report for this project. Check out the virtual FlipBook version or download the PDF version today! The successful outcomes of this project demonstrate that it is possible to advance health equity through community-based approaches.  Learn more about this project.
Key project highlights:
  • It was the first to combine the National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards, community engagement, quality improvement plans, and the Quadruple Aim framework to help an entire county’s behavioral health system increase access and utilization of mental health services.
  • It culturally transformed a county’s whole behavioral health department and over eight other organizations by infusing the CLAS standards into their services and practices
  • It implemented community engagement efforts across seven (7) cities within Solano County
  • It used community-defined solutions to create over ten quality improvement plans
  • It provided county-wide training to leaders, staff, community members on Institute for Health Care Improvement Quadruple Aim framework, Community-based participatory research, and Culturally Sensitive Supervision
  • It stayed true to community-engaged research by conducting eight (8) community forums in the span of 5 years
  • It successfully partnered with three (3) community-based organizations (CBOs) focused on each underserved community and implemented county-wide community outreach and engagement activities. Key accomplishments of their work included: 
    • 1st Spanish NAMI Family-to-Family evidence-based program training for family, significant others, and friends of people with mental health conditions
    • Creation of the Solano County Chapter for the Filipinx Mental Health Initiative 
  • It was recognized two years in a row at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Conference (2018-2019) with a roundtable presentation and as a featured successful project through a video narrative
The report is organized in the following sections:
  1. Introduction: overview of the project and each component of the model.
  2. Providing Quality Care with CLAS Training: this section summarized how the intervention training changed participants’ knowledge of CLAS, confidence incorporating a culturally responsive approach in their work, and their engagement behaviors for working alongside members of the Filipino American, Latino, and LGBTQ+ communities.
  3. Provider Experience: this section showcased levels of job satisfaction among providers who participated in the project and those that did not.
  4. Consumer Experience: this section highlights changes over time in the satisfaction of consumers with their overall services, the cultural responsiveness of the services, the accessibility of the services, and their service outcomes.
  5. Health Outcomes: this section evaluates the impact of the project on access to and timeliness of care and the potential contribution of the project on the utilization of outpatient and crisis services.
  6. Economic Evaluation: this section describes the cost analysis done to look at the CLAS Training cots and the overall project cost compared to the health outcomes results
  7. Community Engagement: this section highlights all the community outreach and engagement efforts done over the project period by our three community-based organization partners.
  8. Sustainability: this section of the report summarizes the quality improvement action plans developed by the project and how the model of this project could be incorporated in future efforts to continue the improvements of the project.
  9. County Insights: includes recommendations from county leaders for other counties or organizations considering similar projects.
Please help us share this important report with your networks!
UC Davis Health
Patient shuns COVID-19 vaccine, then changes mind after hospitalization

Saul Torres considers himself lucky to be alive after contracting COVID-19 and suffering from a rare neurological condition. From his hospital bed on the 14th floor of UC Davis Medical Center, Torres, a father of two small children, said he lamented not getting the COVID-19 vaccine. His doctors believe it could have prevented Torres’ hospitalization for Guillain-Barré syndrome, an autoimmune disorder triggered by serious viral and bacterial infections.

For the full story, click HERE

Saul Torres se considera afortunado de estar vivo después de contraer el COVID-19 y sufrir una enfermedad neurológica rara. Desde su cama de hospital en el piso 14 del Centro Médico de UC Davis, Torres, padre de dos niños, dijo que lamentaba no haberse vacunado contra el COVID-19. Sus médicos creen que la vacuna podría haber evitado la hospitalización de Torres por el Síndrome de Guillain-Barré, un trastorno autoinmune provocado por infecciones virales y bacterianas serias.
Haga clic AQUÍ para la historia completa
UC Davis Health
Student's journey to medical school

Alex Villegas worked as a physical therapy aide for more than a year after graduating from UC Davis, unsure how to make the most of his hard-earned biology degree. A conversation in 2017 helped drive him to become a first-year medical student at UC Davis School of Medicine this fall. His path to medical school was an unconventional one.

For the full story, click HERE

September Speaking Events with
Center Director Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola
TMF Health Quality Institute Presentation
Wednesday, 9/15 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

National Latino Behavioral Health Conference
Thursday, 9/16 8 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.
Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola will be the keynote speaker for this conference.
CTSC Community Engagement  Science Café
Dr. Joshua Elder discusses digital health tools and their potential to overcome barriers that contribute to healthcare access inequities and create a regional digital public health platform to improve access to and continuity of care for vulnerable populations in the Sacramento area, northern California region, and beyond. See the slides HERE
The Latino Cancer Institute (TLCI) invites you to join virtually their 3rd Annual National Forum with a stellar group of experts as they examine the intersection of COVID, Cancer, and Systematic Barriers to Latino Health.
Friday, October 29, 2021, 9  a.m.-12 p.m.  PDT
Register HERE
A virus variant is a different version of a virus. Most viruses mutate or change as they replicate (make copies of themselves), leading to variants. Small differences in SARS-CoV-2 variants have been identified and studied since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
PDF available HERE
Una variante de virus es una versión diferente de un virus. La mayoría de los virus mutan o cambian a medida que se replican (hacen copias de sí mismos), y esto conduce a variantes. Se han identificado y estudiado pequeñas diferencias en las variantes del SARS-CoV-2 desde el comienzo de la pandemia de COVID-19.
PDF disponibles AQUÍ
Back to School Safety Tips
COVID19 & the Delta Variant
Concerned parents – especially those with children too young to be vaccinated for COVID-19 – have been asking questions about how to keep their children safe as schools reopen. UC Davis chief of pediatric infectious diseases Dean Blumberg provides guidance on the nine things parents should know. 
For more information click HERE
Same Day Vaccinations & Mental Health Support!
Same Day Vaccinations!
Sacramento Native American Health Center (SNAHC) offers same-day vaccination appointments! They offer the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for all those who are 12 years old and up. Get vaccinated and protect yourself and your community!

To schedule your vaccination appointment at SNAHC, please call (916) 394-5101.

Mental Health Support Services for ALL
The Behavior Health Department at SNAHC offers Mental Health Support Services for all residents of the Sacramento area, regardless of being a health home member at SNAHC. This new program provides mental health support for ANYONE in the Sacramento area having difficulty coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. SNAHC is offering a COVID Anxiety Support Group, COVID Grief Group, and Individual Therapy. The COVID groups are part of a new program delivering mental health support to anyone, including non-health home members, in the Sacramento area who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These services are free to individuals that meet the criteria of being impacted by COVID-19.
If you would like to explore your options to get support, please call SNAHC's Member Services team at (916) 341-0575.

UC Davis  MIND Institute 
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic
The UC Davis MIND Institute and UC Davis Health offer vaccinations for individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities ages 12 and older. Appointments are available on Thursdays and Fridays from 9a.m. - 3 p.m.
To schedule an appointment at the MIND Institute COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, please call (916) 703-5555.
Vaccination Clinic
Call for Volunteers
Looking for Volunteers to help with Vaccinations/Registrations.
Sunday, September 12, 2021, 8:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
La Superior Market on Northgate Blvd.
Please contact Frances Huizar as soon as you can at if interested.
UCDH ÓRALE COVID-19 Initiative
Testing in Yolo, Fresno, & Madera Counties

Organizations to Reduce, and to Advance, and Lead for Equity against COVID-19 (ÓRALE COVID-19) is offering free and FAST (20 mins!) testing in the central valley counties of Fresno, Madera, and Yolo. Testing is free and requires no insurance or appointment. At some events, vaccinations will also be available. 

Click the image above for more information and to find out when testing will be near you, or click HERE
(The linked page is in Spanish, many browsers can translate it for you!)

Organizaciones para Reducir, Avanzar y Liderar en Equidad contra el COVID-19 (ÓRALE COVID-19) están ofreciendo pruebas gratuitas y RÁPIDAS (¡20 minutos!) En los condados del valle central de Fresno, Madera y Yolo. La prueba es gratuita y no requiere seguro ni cita. En algunos eventos, también habrá vacunas disponibles.

Haga clic en la imagen de arriba para obtener más información y para saber cuándo las pruebas estarán cerca de usted, o haga clic AQUÍ

Pope Francis 
Unity Across the Americas
Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is “an act of love,” Pope Francis says in a public service ad that will start circulating online and on television on Wednesday. Working with the Ad Council, a nonprofit group, in its first campaign to extend beyond the United States, the pope encourages people worldwide to get inoculated. The ad shows the pope, speaking in Spanish with English subtitles, with church officials from the United States, Mexico, Brazil, and other countries describing vaccination as a moral responsibility. 
(Spanish video with English subtitles)

Vacunarse contra el COVID-19 es "un acto de amor", dice el Papa Francisco en un anuncio de servicio público que comenzará a circular en línea y en televisión el miércoles. Trabajando con Ad Council, un grupo sin fines de lucro, en su primera campaña para extenderse más allá de los Estados Unidos, el Papa alienta a las personas de todo el mundo a vacunarse. El anuncio muestra al Papa, hablando en español con subtítulos en inglés, con funcionarios eclesiásticos de Estados Unidos, México, Brasil y otros países que describen la vacunación como una responsabilidad moral.
Training & Technical Assistance
Related to COVID-19

SAMHSA is committed to providing regular training and technical assistance (TTA) on mental and substance use disorder matters as they deal with COVID-19. The technical assistance programs are delivering great resources during this time.


YouTube Channel 
COVID-19 Videos

Check out the Western Center for Agricultural Health & Safety (WCAHS) YouTube channel, where they produced over 75 COVID-19 videos in 21 languages in partnership with community-based organizations across California.

YouTube Channel - HERE

Get  Vaccinated
Stories from our Latinx Community
A doctor talks about the impact of COVID-19 on the youth.
Ramon Garcia shares his story and experience with COVID-19.
UC Davis School of Medicine 
Office of Student & Resident Diversity
The position of Administrative Assistant II at OSRD has been posted. To view details and apply:

Click here: Careers Job Search ( and search job ID 22271.

Please share widely, the closing date is September 3, 2021. Any questions can be directed to the hiring manager, Patricia M. Gonzalez at
UC's Small Business First Program
The University of California has implemented the Small Business First Program.  This program encourages spend with certified Small Businesses (SB) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE), and is required for many purchases from $10K to $250K. 

The money spent with the small and diverse supplier community goes back into the local community. By supporting these types of businesses, you are also supporting local community infrastructure, including parks, schools, and roads.  The money spent locally stays local.

In some cases, a small and diverse supplier can more quickly fulfill a purchasing request than a larger supplier, and may also fulfill purchasing needs that cannot be met by other types of suppliers.

More information on this program can be found HERE 
August  Webinar HERE (Zoom account needed)
PowerPoint Slideshow HERE 


Click below for our Center's Resource Page!
Click below for a collaborative effort from
CalHOPE to help us all stay well, together!
Available in both
English and Spanish
Click below for the CA Department of Public Health's COVID-19 Updates
Click Below for Back to School COVIVD-19
resources from Mental Health America
 The Western Center for Agricultural Health & Safety has some new and updated COVID-19 resources on their website! Click the link to download for free or to request printed materials. Materials are available in English & Spanish. 
Click Below for SAMHSA Tips for Survivors of a Pandemic Sheets in English
Click Below for SAMHSA Tips for Survivors of a Pandemic Sheets in Spanish
National Institute of Health - Community Engagement Alliance
Available in both
English and Spanish, Click below
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